Friday, May 8, 2015

A few good byes for Leinster

 Gordon D’Arcy is named on the bench for Leinster. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
 Gordon D'Arcy ( )

There’s two games left in the Pro 12, and there is only 4 points between first and fourth. Leinster’s ship has already sailed, but Munster and Ulster are still in the mix, and that match up , alongisde Ospreys v Glasgow is going to make for some exciting rugby this weekend. Connacht meanwhile will look for a big win against Zebre, and hope a few other results go their way.

There are a few farewells for Leinster tonight as they take on Treviso at the RDS. It will be Shane Jennings last home match,  and Gordon D’arcy probably won’t be seen again in Ireland in Leinster colours. D’arcy is a legend, for club and country, while Jennings was always at the coalface, a natural born grafter.  Jimmy Gopperth is heading off to Wasps, it hasn’t gone as well as he would have hoped, but he did score 347  points in 57 appearances for Leinster. Hopefully we can sign off at home with a flourish, I could see Ben Te’o and Jordi Murphy having big games.

Ulster v Munster is the latest derby match for Ulster, having seen off Connacht and Leinster in recent weeks. Home advantage is massive, and they have the form, in their own reckoning their game against Leinster was their best of the season. Munster are probably a more challenging proposition than Leinster these days, so it’s likely to be a bone crunching tense affair. I think the momentum is with Ulster, so they should win it.

Coanncht won’t have any problems with Zebre, and I think Glasgow will get the victory tonight over the Ospreys.

Guinness PRO12
Friday, May 08
Newport Gwent Dragons vs Edinburgh    18:30
Ospreys vs Glasgow Warriors    18:35
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso    18:35
Saturday, May 09
Ulster vs Munster    13:40
Zebre vs Connacht    16:30
Sunday, May 10
Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues    15:00

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